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Creative Claret is a Wine & Spirit Education Trust Approved Programme Provider (APP License 2192). As an approved programme provider Creative Claret offers both the WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines and WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines, delivered by our WSET Certified Educator Chris Ford and other collaborators in Cairns and North Queensland.


Chris Ford 


With over a decade of experience in the Wine industry, Chris utilises his skills and knowledge to consult with various hospitality operations to build exceptional wine experiences and train teams to deliver them. 
Originally hailing from South Africa, Chris has held many roles in the wine industry. From serving prestigious first growths as a Sommelier, too brokering deals as an international sales agent and lastly educating wine enthusiasts and aspiring Sommeliers an area in which Chris is most passionate about.

In addition to being a certified WSET educator, Chris holds a WSET Level 3 in Wines and Spirits, is a graduate of the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy, Cape Wine Academy Diploma Graduate and holds a PG-Dip specialising in Wine Business from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.

Hayley Wano 

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As one of Far North Queensland’s leading Sommeliers, Hayley is passionate about sharing the world of wine and hospitality with aspiring Sommeliers and wine enthusiasts. Originally from New Zealand’s Hayley has worked at Iconic Australian dining establishments such as The European, The Town Hall Hotel Fitzroy and is currently the Sommelier at Nunu’s Palm Cove.

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